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The campaign to expand free tuition to more low-income California students has been riding a wave of unanimous goodwill, despite its large costs. But the state’s — and nation’s — largest public university system has made public its concern that key trade-offs required for that expansion will…

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If you haven’t noticed, your mail carrier certainly has: Election season has arrived in California and with it, the regular flood of political ads from unions, corporations and other special interest groups hoping to influence your vote.

California lawmakers won’t be creating a state Election Day holiday this year. Nor will they be providing grants to local governments to convert public golf courses into affordable housing, or forcing health insurers to cover fertility treatments.

Kern County's lawsuit challenging California's de-facto ban on fracking has been thrown out of court after a Fresno judge ruled last month the filing was misdirected and improperly sought to limit Gov. Gavin Newsom's speech or executive duties.

State Sen. Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, announced Tuesday that Senate Bill 1195 passed unanimously through the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy led a chorus of local Republican lawmakers and oil producers Monday in denouncing Democratic oil and gas policies at the federal and state levels, saying the United States would be stronger and the world safer if domestic producers were allowed to drill for more petroleum.

Gov. Gavin Newsom called for a mix of investments Monday to support California's — and specifically Kern's — transition from petroleum to renewable power, including $83 million toward construction of an energy innovation center at Cal State Bakersfield and $215 million to train displaced oil…

As the clock ticks for federal employees and contractors to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 or face weekly testing, Rep. David Valadao sent a letter Monday calling on President Joe Biden to set aside the mandates for economic reasons.

The Bakersfield chapter of the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters of Kern County will celebrate Women’s Equality Day from 2 to 4  p.m. Aug. 22 at Seven Oaks Country Club, ­located at 2000 Grand Lakes Ave.

Rep. David Valadao's vote Wednesday in favor of creating a commission to examine the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has again put the Hanford Republican at odds with his Central Valley neighbor and sometime ally in Congress, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, whose vote against the measure helped set the…

Local Republicans on social media pummeled Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, after he voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump, a move his ally and congressional neighbor Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, forgave him for and observers said may reflect the political realities of his d…

Reports have surfaced Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, privately urged President Donald Trump Monday to recognize President-elect Joe Biden won the election and accept that the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week were Trump supporters, not members of the leftist group Antifa.

News reports out of Washington raised a legitimate question this week about Rep. Kevin McCarthy: How is it the Bakersfield Republican missed one of the most politically delicate situations of the last four years — Monday's vote on whether to override President Donald Trump's veto of the Nati…

The Democratic challenger to Rep. Kevin McCarthy in the 2020 race for California's 23rd Congressional District seat, Kim Mangone, recently underwent cancer surgery and is now recovering in "great spirits," a member of her campaign staff reported Tuesday.